Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass
Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
What Can We Do To Help ?
I posed this question to Blenko and if they reply with suggestions I'll post them here. In the mean time . . . .
Have you written or phone the offices of Govenor Manchin? Senators? State Legislators?
If not, do so today! Remember to look before you purchase and whenever possible buy local, buy made in USA always.
Teachers*: Your students enjoyed field trips to Blenko why not write Class Letters to the Govenor and Senators in support of Blenko? * This wasn't my idea but a teacher from Ohio County suggested she was having her class write and perhaps other should also.
Support BLENKO GLASS, not just with your purchases but with your letters, and phone calls to our government officials.
We can't stand idly by and allow these Men, the Men of Blenko Glass, to leave our community.
BLENKO GLASS is a West Virginia Company, these men and women are your neighbors.
The #2 question most ask in my email is about the value of glass, and should you sell or hold on to your glass.
Let me begin this by saying I'm a 4th year (DDS) Dental Student in my 20s not a glass art or investment expert. I gifted to WVU my Blenko Glass collection 16 months ago in an effort to have Blenko Glass seen by the thousands of parents and students visiting the WVU campus.
It is my belief that long term BLENKO GLASS will never go down in value, that you should always buy only the glass you love and want to live with. I remain hopeful that BLENKO GLASS will remain a part of Milton and West Virginia. While this is a very bleak time, I have not given up hope.
The #3 questions is the Blenko Collectors.
I don't have new information - but when new information is on their website I'll publish the info, and you can ask to be put on their mailing list also. My recommendation is to join the Collectors Club, to learn more about Blenko Glass and to be with others who enjoy collecting and learning about WV Glass.
Milton West Virginia and Blenko Glass were an important part of my growing up, as a litle girl my Dad and I would go almost every week to Milton for Blenko Glass then lunch . Over the years I've watched the road become wider, the new, beautiful Welcome To Milton display by the Master Gardeners and many other changes. It seems Stewarts Hot Dog Stand , the antique stores and Blenko remain unchanged. Milton is the kind of town, other people can only dream about or see on television, a small town, where people meet at Granny K's or the VFW to solve the worlds problems and everyone knows everyone else and is willing to help a neighbor . Visiting Milton and Blenko Glass. Spending time with glass workers & artist, and attempting to do arts helped to shape the person I am, a person who values family, hard work, beauty, honesty, who trys to remain positive, and to see the good in the world.
The next generation deserves to have the privilege of experiencing BLENKO GLASS and learning about Milton, WV also.
Have you ever seen the look on a child's face the first time they see glass being made at Blenko? It is priceless.